More Machine learning and less chunky hardware

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We all have seen this year the video on YouTube with Elon Musk the alive pig the brain implant connected to a computer. One of the speculations was that “it will create super-cognition” (whatever that means). More on the side of science-fiction and borderline with ethical approvals everybody was talking about it.

In all this hype (more due to the figure of Elon Musk than real science), most of the people neglected two things: The annual Brain Computer Interface Award where scientists compete with their latest advancements in this topic, and the many startups which are actually creating more practical and innovative products than Neuralink. For the latter, those names are BIOS, Wise, Cyborg, Newronika, BitBrain, CalaHealth, Cortec, NextMind, etc. Just to mention few. …


Current state-of-art tools putting together quantum physics and artificial intelligence

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Data science and machine learning are definitely among the buzz words nowadays. At startup competitions and conferences I have seen too much. AI-trained beer draft to give you the perfect taste, plastic bag with sensor training IoT systems based on machine learning on how much people swing them, toilets with machine learning based system to optimize lights usage. Seriously? Is this innovation?

Either people just put this technology anywhere to sound cool, or machine learning is the “new electricity” and therefore there is nothing cool anymore about it.

About 10–15 years ago, there was another buzz word which was popping up a lot, it had a more esoteric association and it was more difficult to use in everyday application: quantum (the fundamental theory describing nature at the scale of atoms and subatomic particles). Ever seen anyone with a quantum-based coffee machine? Or quantum based-toilet? …


3 things you should know about Lion’s Mane mushrooms

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Nature is amazing, there is so much we do not know or understand. Mushrooms are often stigmatized, and people generally only know champignons and psychedelic mushrooms though there is an entire universe out there.

A popular mushroom among mycologists (scientists studying mushrooms) but not so much to the general public is the Hieracium erinaceus. This fluffy fungus has several nootropic benefits which we start to understand now. In this story, I will share research and anecdotes about it. …


is Iboga the heart-shaped magic plant of Black Panther?

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The actor Chadwick Boseman recently passed away due to colon cancer. He will be most likely be remembered for his role of king T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda in Black Panther. In the year of the uprising related to the Black Lives Matter movement, a black super-hero from an afro-futuristic place was actually what was needed. The death of the actor interpreting it on movies is definitely something heartbreaking.

However, this article is not about Chadwick Boseman, it is not about the Black Panther, it is not about Black lives matter, but about a truly existing plant which might have been also mentioned in the comic. Indeed, some elements in the comic are actually based on local legends and historical elements. As the Nsibidi alphabet used in the comic and movie, and actually being a Nigerian alphabet most likely used between 1400 and 400 AD. …


The 3 Main Points for a Better Leadership after 2020

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At the beginning of 2020, unaware of how strongly hit we would be by the pandemic, I founded a biotech company. Obviously, it did not start well. Things look worse than the worse scenario in the business plan. How am I reacting? I discovered servant leadership and I am reframing the situation with it. You can give up or try to understand what you are doing wrong, this might be the good mindset to do so.

The “servant leadership” movement was introduced by Robert K. Greenleaf in the 1970 in his essay :

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.” …


Ask what Machine Learning can do for Quantum computing

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Quantum computing and machine learning are among the buzz words of our days. Beyond the clear hype, there are some true basis. With the advancement of traditional computing, we are able to achieve incredible results in image related analysis based on machine learning and other fields. On the other hand, quantum physics has been some kind of difficult mystical field leading to amazing progress in math (and a lot of pseudo-sciences totally unscientific). Quantum computing is emerging as a new path to overcome some limitations of traditional computing, including physical limit to miniaturize transistors. …


Researcher, Lecturer, Interested in innovation, medicine, and global health especially in low-income countries.

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For a guy spending a lot of time in ego-shattering, I was a bit against this publication. However, for the same token it is important to have connections, and sometimes tools like this are the best way to connect with people, especially in a crazy period as 2020–2021. I use this publication as a sort of new year's resolution, though I usually have everyday resolutions.

I promise it won’t suck too much. My typical conversations are:

Girl:”so, are you seeing anyone?”
Me:”you mean… like a therapist or hallucinations?”

I have been doing many things, and I would say lived a couple of lives. I will skip some stuff I am not ready to talk about in public and focus on the current and important ones. One of my weakness is that I tried to do too many things, but the constants were always science, co-operation in Subsaharan Africa and art. I have been living in quite few countries. …


This is what I learned

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Many of us have been stuck at home already since a while. This Christmas some have been even isolated and at home as if it was just a Sunday. Even if this still looks like a dystopian reality, it means we might have more time and especially more time to learn new things we can do remotely. Those can be

Bitcoin and Python.

I have been gambling with Bitcoin (BTC) for few months; I do not consider myself an experienced trader nor a financial advisor (use the following suggestions just as my personal experience). This is not a financial advice! I used to invest in long-term companies with dividends. …


Harnessing the electricity produced from even your bacteria

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Microbes and fungi have been underestimated for centuries. Recently, people are exploring their potential beyond the traditional clinical applications. Some scientists have encoded a short movie into bacteria, while others are powering battery cells with them.

It is not far fetched, that in the future we will become more conscious on recycling, and use more biodegradable materials. In this view, internet of things might become bacteria internet of things. On the way to do so, first we need to develop materials that do not only nurture the microbes, but also efficiently harvest the electricity or other resources they make, and control these in practical manners. …


Dozens of scientists designed and took a DIY COVID19 vaccine with no proof that it works or whether it is legal

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Agenda:

  1. The DIY rhesus monkey COVID vaccine
  2. The DIY RADVAC vaccine
  3. What clinical trials are, and what’s the difference with DIY vaccines
  4. Conclusions

After Christmas when COVID19 started spreading I joined an international online science coalition called Just One Giant Lab (JOGL). Where scientists, developers and health professionals to investigate methods of testing for the virus. People where raging from academia (PhD students and even professors) to biohackers.
Some of the projects are still ongoing, though many of them have been slowed down as the group tried to follow the local (in each country) regulations. …

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Dr. Alessandro Crimi

Researcher, Lecturer, and founder of www.yawlab.io Interested in biotech, medicine, cooperation, education and entrepreneurship, also in low-income countries.

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